Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has paid homage to Egypt, expressing delight that his football roots can be traced to the North African country.
Ronaldinho captured global attention as a mere teenager at the 1997 Fifa Under-17 World Cup with his silky displays to help Brazil win the tournament.
Five years later he was a World Cup winner with the senior side, again playing an instrumental role.
Ronaldinho, who is in Egypt as a television pundit for Pyramids FC, took time to pay tribute to the Egyptian platform that set up his career at the Under-17 World Cup.
“I won my first title in Egypt that’s why I can say that it all started here for me,” Kingfut quoted Ronaldinho as saying.
“Everything started in Egypt for me, after I won the Under-17 World Cup with Brazil. I’ve visited Egypt several times since and I’m always happy when I’m back.”